I have already configured a Raspberry Pi 3 as an Access Point by performing a series of steps given at https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/wireless/access-point.md

I would like to configure it as an "open" network. That is, remove the authentication which is now required while connecting to the network.

  • I tweaked your title to reflect the fact that "removing authentication" means you can't use WPA encryption, ie., no authentication is required, but there will be no encryption either. Have a look at man 5 hostapd.conf, and/or search online about configuring hostapd that way; pretty sure it just requires you remove all the wpa_ options.
    – goldilocks
    Aug 24, 2019 at 19:29
  • You will find a tested setup, but using wpa_supplicant instead of hostapd to make the access point: Setting up a Raspberry Pi as an access point - the easy way
    – Ingo
    Aug 25, 2019 at 9:56

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From the /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf file you should remove these lines:


And should be done with that.

  • What /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf do you mean where I can remove lines?
    – Ingo
    Aug 27, 2019 at 17:55
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    @AlessandroRodriguez This is exactly what I did on a hit-and-trial basis, and that worked. I would appreciate if you could explain the workings of each of these configurations. Aug 28, 2019 at 14:18
  • @Ingo hostapd.conf is the file where you configure the network settings like interface where your device listens to, ssid of the network, network password (wpa_passphrase), etc. A sample hostapd.conf file is given at the link in the original question. Aug 28, 2019 at 14:23

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